by Steve Beynon
83 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
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clobbered Hillary Clinton in his neighboring state of New Hampshire last night,
and the early dominant performance could send shockwaves through Clinton’s operations.
Once seen as an
afterthought in the Democratic primary, Sanders took the Granite State in an
impressive 60-percent victory over the former secretary of state’s 38.3
"Nine months ago, if you told somebody that we would
win the New Hampshire primary, they would not have believed you," the
Sanders campaign wrote to supporters. With 11 percent of the votes counted,
Clinton conceded defeat early in the evening.
“I know what it’s like to be knocked down — and I’ve
learned from long experience that it’s not whether you get knocked down that
matters. It’s about whether you get back up,” Clinton’s campaign said.
Shortly before Clinton conceded defeat, Sanders’
supporters gathered for a victory speech. Cheers erupted, “Bernie! Bernie!
Bernie!” and chants of “We don’t need no Super PAC” were blared when TV cameras
went live as the 74-year-old took the stage with his wife.
"The people of New Hampshire have sent a profound
message to the political establishment, the economic establishment and, by the
way, to the media establishment," Sanders said in his victory speech.
"What the people here have said is that given the
enormous crises facing our country, it is just too late for the same-old,
same-old establishment politics and establishment economics — the people want
Sanders’ senior strategist Tad Devine said in an MSNBC
interview that they believe this was the biggest margin of victory in a
contested Democratic primary in history.
the election results, there is virtually nothing for Clinton to claim as a
morale victory. Her margin of losing was too great with most voters.
exit polls show 85 percent of women under 30 voted for Sanders. He won 53
percent of the women’s vote overall.
short with every age group except those 65 and older among both genders.
"We are a better organized campaign,” Devine said. We
have more people on the ground. And as of today I believe we have more
resources, campaign to campaign, to expand. We are demonstrating that resource
superiority by going on television all across this country, and it is our
ability to organize people — which I think we showed in Iowa, and showed again
tonight in New Hampshire.”
Clinton’s talking points has been her historic candidacy — the prospect of the
first female president has been a major selling point.
gender-politics element of the fight for the Democratic nomination has gotten
ugly over the past few days with the recent comment by former secretary of
state Madeleine Albright saying, “There’s a special place in hell for women who
don’t help each other.”
episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill
Maher, feminist icon Gloria Steinem suggested that Clinton’s lack of
support with young women is because they’re meeting boys at Sanders rallies.
young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,”
were largely seen as dismissive and sexist, suggesting young women are not
politically savvy enough to make their own choices. This rhetoric of shaming
women — or any American — into voting for a specific candidate is ugly.
It is a safe
bet that these troubling comments did not come from a campaign script, however,
this brand of entitlement is exactly what is hurting Clinton with young voters.
We can easily
sum up why Bernie Sanders wants to be president — his stump speech is simple:
The top one-tenth of the one percent control too much wealth; we have gross
injustice in campaign finance, and that it is a moral outrage that Americans
might have to go into severe debt for healthcare and education.
Why is Clinton
running for president? I’m not entirely sure, and I do not think there is that
simple elevator pitch she can give to a voter.
I do not doubt
Clinton’s ability to hold the Oval Office. However, I cannot easily identify
what her key issues are and where her passions lie.
by German Lopez
Seelbach calls for Voting Rights Act rework, 3CDC upkeep criticized, politics in budget veto
Councilman Chris Seelbach and other local leaders are
calling on Congress to rework the Voting Rights Act following a U.S.
Supreme Court decision that struck down key provisions. Supporters of
the Voting Rights Act argue it’s necessary to prevent discrimination and
protect people’s right to vote, while critics call it an outdated
measure from the Jim Crow era that unfairly targeted some states with
forgone histories of racism. “Within 24 hours of the Supreme Court’s
decision to gut the Voting Rights Act, five states are already moving
ahead with voter ID laws, some of which had previously been rejected by
the Department of Justice as discriminatory,” Seelbach said in a
statement. “The right to vote is one of the most sacred values in our
nation and Congress should act immediately to protect it”.
Nonprofit developer 3CDC says it’s restructuring staff and guidelines to take better care of its vacant buildings
following criticisms from residents and the local Board of Housing
Appeals. The board has fined the 3CDC three times this year for failing
to maintain Cincinnati’s minimum standards for vacant buildings, which
require owners keep the buildings watertight and safe for emergency
personnel to enter.
Gov. John Kasich said the funding allocation belonged in
the capital budget — not the operating budget he signed into law — when
he vetoed money going to State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office, but The Columbus Dispatch reports it might have been revenge
for Mandel’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion and an oil-and-gas
severance tax. Kasich spokesperson Rob Nichols says the allegation is
“silly” and “absurd,” adding that Kasich said he would work with Mandel
on allocating the money during the capital budget process. The state
treasurer’s office says it needs the $10 million to upgrade computers
against cyberattacks. Mandel was one of the first state Republicans to
come out against the Medicaid expansion, which CityBeat covered here and here.
A series of mandatory across-the-board federal spending
cuts was supposed to take $66 million from Ohio schools, but state
officials say they’ll be able to soften the blow with $19 million in unspent federal aid.
The federal cuts — also known as “sequestration” — were part of a debt
deal package approved by Congress and President Barack Obama that kicked
in March 1. Prior to its implementation, Obama asked Congress to rework
sequestration to lessen its negative fiscal impact, but Republican
legislators refused. CityBeat covered some of sequestration’s other statewide effects here.
The mayoral race officially dropped down to four candidates yesterday, with self-identified Republican Stacy Smith failing to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot.
Check out the Cincinnati Zoo’s latest expansion here.
Headline from The Cincinnati Enquirer: “Where does John Cranley live?”
It’s now legal to go 70 miles per hour in some state highways.
Cincinnati-based Kroger and Macy’s came in at No. 2 and No. 14 respectively in an annual list of the nation’s top 20 retailers from STORIES magazine.
The Tribune Co. is buying Local TV LLC in Newport for $2.7 billion to become the largest TV station operator in the nation.
Human head transplants may be closer than we think (and perhaps hope).
by German Lopez
Posted In: Voting
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Critics warn of potential chilling effect
As county and state officials move to investigate and
potentially prosecute voter fraud cases, local groups are pushing back,
warning that the investigations could cause a chilling effect among
Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls became the latest to speak out
in a letter to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Ohio Secretary
of State Jon Husted.
“The current legal investigations perpetuate the idea that
voter fraud is widespread, when it’s not true,” she wrote. “We need to
work together to give citizens the confidence that the election process
is fair and accessible to those who have followed the law and
pre-determined process. When citizens are confused about the process of
voting they are intimidated from exercising their full rights to vote,
which erodes confidence in and the integrity of our democracy.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio (ACLU) and
League of Women Voters of Ohio sent similar letters to Husted in the
past few weeks, echoing fears that the investigations will intimidate
voters into staying out of future elections.
The controversy surrounds 39 “double voter” cases recently sent to the county prosecutor by the Hamilton County Board of
Elections. In most of the cases, the voters in question sent in an
absentee ballot prior to Election Day then voted on Election Day through a provisional
ballot, which are given to voters when there’s questions about
eligibility. Even though the voters technically voted
twice, their votes were only counted once.
The letters from Qualls and the League of Women Voters claim
the cases were sent to the county prosecutor based on a narrow
interpretation of state law and other sections of election law back the voters’ actions.
The letters reference Ohio Revised Code Section 3509.09(B)(2),
which says, “If a registered elector appears to vote in that precinct
and that elector has requested an absent voter's ballot for that
election and the director has received a sealed identification envelope
purporting to contain that elector's voted absent voter's ballots for
that election, the elector shall be permitted to cast a provisional
ballot under section 3505.181 of the Revised Code in that precinct on the day of that election.” The law goes on to clarify only one of the votes should be counted.
Husted broke a tie vote in the Hamilton County Board of
Elections on May 31, siding with the Republicans on the board who wanted
to send the case to the county prosecutor.
Alex Triantafilou, an elections board member and chairman
of the Hamilton County Republican Party, says Republicans just want an investigation.
“I think anytime a person casts two ballots we ought to
ask why,” Triantafilou says. “This is not to prejudge any of these cases
as criminal charges. That’s not been our intention. What we want is a
qualified investigator to ask the question and then answer it.”
Tim Burke, chairman of the local elections board and the
Hamilton County Democratic Party, disagrees: “This is a damn shame.
What’s happening to those voters is absolutely wrong.”
Burke claims the law was followed and no further investigation is necessary. He alleges
Republicans are trying to suppress voters.
“I fear that what’s going on is that elements of the
Republican Party want to create the impression that there is massive
voter fraud going on, and they want to scare the hell out of people to
intimidate them and discourage them from voting in the future,” Burke
says. “I think part of what’s going on here is an effort to identify
voter fraud in order to justify more restrictions on voting rights.”
Triantafilou argues Democrats, including Burke, are
playing politics: “It’s a continuation of the kind of fear that
Democrats try to instill in the electorate, and it’s a political weapon.
We’re not trying to do that. They alleged voter suppression in the last
election cycle. That was nonsensical. The problem really is fraud.”
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Cincinnati voters will decide in November whether to double the length of their council members’ terms.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 25, 2012
More than a decade after Cincinnati voters
decided they wanted to change the way the city’s Police Department
operates, they’re finally seeing real, significant results.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
NICHOLAS HOLLAN: In an unusually odd mixture of endorsements, The Cincinnati Enquirer recently included Hollan among its picks for City Council. A first-time candidate with progressive leanings, this thoughtful West Side Democrat is well-qualified for public service.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
It’s a sorry fact that political party leaders in Hamilton County like to undermine voters when it suits their own interests, but now some Cincinnati City Council members are jumping on that bandwagon. People who follow local politics remember the odious deal struck last year between the local Democratic and Republican parties regarding the two separate Hamilton County Commission races.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
As Republicans become increasingly desperate about John McCain's prospects on Election Day, reasonable people are asking whether Joe Deters' position as McCain's Southwest Ohio campaign chairman is influencing his actions in his day job as Hamilton County prosecutor.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2008
In light of Sen. John McCain's badly managed presidential campaign and series of outlandishly false statements, some prominent Democrats and media pundits now are saying the only reason many polls show McCain essentially tied with Barack Obama is due to the latter's ethnicity.